Story at a glance

  • Photos shared by state media show a man clinging onto the railing of the bridge as several pieces of glass deck are missing and broken.
  • The man managed to hold on for more than half an hour as firefighters and police attempted to rescue him.
  • He was eventually able to crawl to safety uninjured. No other injuries were reported.

A tourist in China was left stranded on a glass-bottomed suspension bridge more than 300 feet in the air after extreme winds broke and damaged the glass deck, according to Chinese state media Xinhua

Wind gusts exceeding 93 miles per hour broke apart the glass bridge built over the Piyan Mountain ravine in the northeastern province of Jilin on Friday. The bridge is designed to give people the illusion of floating hundreds of feet in the air. 


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A photo shared by state media shows a man clinging onto the railing of the bridge as several pieces of glass deck are missing and parts of the bridge’s metal framework are broken apart. 

Xinhua reports the man managed to hold for more than half an hour as firefighters and police attempted to rescue him. He was eventually able to crawl to safety uninjured. No other injuries were reported. 

The man was later sent to a hospital for a check-up and to receive psychological counseling after the incident. 

The bridge in the Piyan Mountains has since been closed and authorities are carrying out a comprehensive safety inspection and investigation is underway. 

Glass-deck bridges have become increasingly popular in China in recent years, with at least 60 built in scenic areas across the country since 2016. 

One of the most popular glass bridges in China is the Zhangjiajie Bridge in Hunan province, which stretches 1,410 feet long and is a hot spot among tourists. 


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Published on May 10, 2021